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EXC 3460 Organizational Behavior and Leadership

EXC 3460 Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Course code: 
EXC 3460
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Federica De Molli
Lina Daouk-Öyry
Course name in Norwegian: 
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Product category: 
Bachelor - Common Courses
2024 Autumn
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

This course provides an introduction to the field of organizational behaviour and leadership. Students will learn the basic concepts and processes that describe and explain behaviour in organizations and how they can be used to improve organizational performance. Topics will include organizational culture and change, personality, communication processes, perception, technology, motivation, power and influence, leadership roles and behaviours, power and conflict. Through readings, discussions, and activities, the course will focus on developing an understanding of how these topics are related to each other, and how to apply them to effectively manage and lead organizations. By the end of the course, students should have developed a deeper understanding of organizational behaviour and leadership and be able to apply this knowledge to their own organizations.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Based on this course, students should:

  • Learn about the major concepts, theories, and perspectives of organizational behaviour and leadership
  • Identify the implications of different types of leadership styles on organizational performance
  • Define the role of organizational culture and its effects on organizational life
  • Learn how to effectively motivate and manage employees
  • Describe the implications of diversity and its effects on organizational performance and creativity
Learning outcomes - Skills

Based on this course, students should be able to:

  • Link organizational theories and organizational behaviour concepts to desired organizational outcomes (e.g. positive change or performance).
  • List effective communication and problem-solving strategies for addressing organizational behaviour issues.
  • Recognize the different types of leadership styles, and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Indicate the implications of diversity in the workplace and recognize how diversity affects organizational behaviour.
  • Indicate how organizational culture influences organizational performance.
General Competence

After completing this course, students should grasp that organizational behaviour provides fundamental knowledge for interpreting the dynamics and performance of organizations. Students should understand that psychological traits, group dynamics, the influence of leaders, and organizational factors (such as organizational culture) have a substantial impact on organizational performance. Students should also be able to comprehend the significance of sustainable human resource management.

Course content
  • Personality, Job satisfaction & Job engagement. Stress and burnout
  • Perception and Individual Differences
  • Communication processes
  • Motivation and Self Leadership
  • Organization Theory, Organisational structure, Understanding Organizations
  • Organizational Culture and Change
  • Group and Team Psychology. Work climate issues (conflict, bullying etc.). Power and Influences
  • Leadership. Leader roles. Leadership and Management.
  • Leadership Behaviours. Leadership attributes and Deconstructive Leadership
  • Cognition: Learning, Problem-solving, Decision Marking, Diversity and Creativity
  • Technology
  • Conflict, Power and Politics
Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of 45 teaching hours and learning activities (30 hours of teaching in real time on Campus + 15 hours of asynchronous activities). The teaching will be a mix of face-to-face lectures, interviews, case studies and incidents (traditional, online), and individual assignments (case analysis, exercises, etc.).
This course uses the learning platform Itslearning. Participants are responsible to be informed about the contents of the learning platform.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Required prerequisite knowledge

No specific prerequisites required.

Exam category: 
School Exam
Form of assessment: 
Structured Test
Exam/hand-in semester: 
First Semester
Support materials: 
  • Bilingual dictionary
3 Hour(s)
Exam code: 
EXC 34601
Grading scale: 
Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
30 Hour(s)
Digital resources
15 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
26 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
126 Hour(s)
Student’s own work with learning resources and exam preparation
3 Hour(s)
Individual structured test
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.